Washburn County Jail

The Washburn County Jail is a 30 bed facility constructed in 1991. Our Dispatch Center is at the heart of the jail. The jail is located on the second floor of our sheriff’s office and is connected to the court house by a secure hallway.

Captain Dan Brereton is the Washburn County Jail Administrator. Other then Captain Brereton the jail is staffed by:

  • 1 Dispatch/Jail LieutenantBars
  • 13 full-time Dispatch/Jail Deputies
  • 6  part-time Dispatch/Jail Deputies
  • 2 part-time Transport Deputies
  • 1 Registered Nurse

In addition to this staff the jail also subcontracts the kitchen and laundry services through private companies.

Posting Bond

The Washburn County Jail accepts bond for inmates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Cash is the preferred method of payment but we also accept credit cards.

Normal Business Hours:  To post bond during normal business hours please go to the Washburn County Clerk of Courts Office.  Their office is located on the second floor of the Washburn County Courthouse. They will accept the bond and notify the jail to release the inmate.

After Business Hours:  To post bond after normal business hours please come to the sheriff’s office main lobby. A deputy will come down, accept the bond and have you fill out all necessary paperwork.  If you intend to pay with a credit card you must have a valid photo ID with you.  We do not accept checks.

Posting Out of County:  If you are unable to come to our office to post bond you may be able to post bond at another sheriff’s office or police station. Most of the counties in Wisconsin will accept bond for other counties. If you plan on posting bond in another county please call us first so we can give the other county notification you are coming.  This will help to speed the process up. When posting out of county you will have to abide by the other county’s payment requirements. It is ultimately up to the other agency whether they will accept bond for our inmate or not.

Note: In some situations we are required to hold the inmate until they are sober or have a responsible adult that agrees to care for them and pick them up from jail.

Inmate Professional Visitation

Face to face professional visitation with an inmate is available to attorneys, probation officers, clergy members, program volunteers and any government or county member approved by the Jail Administrator.

Professional visitation is available Monday through Friday at the following times:
6:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Professional visitation appointments may be made at other times pending approval of jail staff. Please contact the jail at 715-468-4720 to request a visit at an alternate time.

Professional visitors are to check in at the front desk of the sheriff’s office and will be allowed to meet with their client as soon as possible.

Personal electronic devices, cell phones, computers, tablets, etc. are not allowed during visits.

Any items given to an inmate must first be approved by jail staff.

Inmate Mail

You can send inmate mail to:

Inmate Firstname Lastname
421 Highway 63
P.O. Box 429
Shell Lake, WI 54871

For security reasons any incoming mail without a valid return address and name of sender will not be delivered to the inmate until they are released from custody.

All incoming and outgoing mail is subject to scanning and inspection for contraband by jail staff.

Inmate Phone Calls

Inmates will be given a free call upon Booking and after changes in bail/bond.

Inmates are able to call collect and/or purchase phone cards through Reliance Telephone Service.

Please click on the icon on the side of the screen to set-up a Reliance Account and/or buy an inmate a phone card.

Inmate Personal Visits

To schedule a personal visit with an inmate you must check in at the front desk of the sheriff’s office. No visits will be permitted without a valid identification. Visits are scheduled on a first come first served basis.

Visits are video based. You will not have any personal contact with the inmate.

Visitation hours are Monday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitations are closed on legal holidays.

Inmates are allowed 2 -30 minute visits a day. To be allowed to visit an inmate you must be on their approved visitors list.  This list can contain 7 immediate family members and 3 non-family members and can be changed monthly.

All visitors must be 18 years of age unless they are the sibling or child of the inmate or by court order.  Any juvenile visits must be supervised by an approved adult.

All visits are monitored and recorded by jail staff.

Inmate Commissary

Any money an inmate brings into jail is deposited into their jail account. The inmate can purchase phone time or commissary with the money on their account. The account can also be used to post bond. The jail bills the inmates account any applicable fees. If you would like to put money on an inmate’s account you can do one of the following:

  • Mail the inmate cash or a money order payable to them
  • Deposit money using the kiosk in the sheriff’s office main lobby
  • Deposit money online by visiting JailATM.com or clicking the link on the side of this page.

Huber Information

Huber Officer Contact Information:
Phone: 715-468-4720
Fax: 715-468-4729
Email: Huber@co.washburn.wi.us

If you were sentenced to serve a jail sentence at the Washburn County Jail and are currently employed or enrolled in a qualifying school you will be allowed to continue your employment or schooling if you meet the Huber Law and the Washburn County Jail’s requirements.

We want to enable all eligible inmates the ability to utilize their Huber privilege. Due to the strict requirements and large amount of paperwork required, we suggest all future inmates contact a Huber Officer with any questions and set-up a time to stop and pick-up a Huber Packet prior to coming to serve their sentence. Please click on the link below to view and print Huber paperwork. The Huber paperwork will provide you all the details. The Huber Officer contact information is listed above.

If you were convicted and sentenced with Huber privileges from another county you may be able to serve your sentence in Washburn County as a Huber Transfer. Again there are strict requirements for this and a large amount of paperwork involved. Please click on the link below to view and print the Huber Transfer paperwork. You may also contact a Huber Officer with any questions about this process.

Huber Forms: